Breaking Muscle Video – The Deadlift

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Deadlift Calisthenics Equivalent (DCE)


In the video below you will see how to perform pistol squats and deadlifts. You may use these exercises as alternative to your regular deadlifting routine. Pistol squatting and deadlifting are very effective at increasing strength, power, endurance, balance and flexibility.

A good way to increase your strength and power is by performing pistols. Pistols are performed with one or two hands, using only the muscles in your arms and legs. Pistols improve your ability to lift heavy objects, such as bricks, stones, logs or even cars. They are also useful when doing other activities involving lifting things up off the ground. For example you could do some sort of construction work where you have to move large pieces of wood or metal around on a job site.

You would need to be able to lift heavy objects with ease.

Pistol squats and deadlifts are a great alternative exercise for anyone looking to build their strength and power. They are also a great way of improving your overall conditioning because they involve little equipment and require no special clothing. You don’t necessarily have to wear any type of protective gear either; just pants, long sleeves shirt, shoes or socks. You may want to use gloves when doing pistol squats.

Many jobs require physical strength and stamina. For example, police officers have to be able to chase down suspects or run after a vehicle for several blocks. Tree trimmers have to be able to climb tall trees all day long with a chainsaw in their hands. Fire fighters need to crawl through smoke filled areas as they try to rescue people from a burning building. All of these tasks require great physical strength and stamina.

So how do you increase your strength and power?

There are many different types of exercises you can do, including bench pressing, deadlifting, dumbbell squatting, kettlebell lifting, pull-ups, military press, etc. All of these exercises are great at building strength and power. There is no such thing as over training when it comes to increasing your strength. If you are not sure about how to perform some of these exercises properly, make sure to ask a trainer for help.

Pistol squat and deadlifts are calisthenics exercises that can be used to increase your strength and power. They definitely require physical strength and stamina. There is no doubt that anyone doing these exercises on a regular basis will soon notice an increase in their ability to do other activities requiring physical strength and stamina.

Pistol squats build up the muscles of the thighs, hips and buttocks. Deadlifts strengthen the muscles in your back, shoulders and arms. These exercises also help you improve your balance and flexibility. Another benefit of these exercises is that they allow you to work out anywhere without the need for any special equipment.

So how do you perform these two exercises?

Pistol squats are performed by holding one leg in the air and slowly lowering yourself down, then pushing yourself back up. You can also hold on to a railing or wall for balance as you start out. Pistol deadlifts are similar, except you will hold both legs in the air and perform the exercise as normal. As you gain more strength and stamina, you can perform the exercises without holding on to anything for balance.

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There is no set number of reps you need to do when performing these exercises. The rule with calisthenics is you should never work to the point where you cannot perform another rep. If you find yourself at that point, then you need to stop and take a rest before continuing. Start with one set for each leg and slowly increase the number as you get stronger. Over time, try to increase the number of reps you can do without resting.

The only other thing you need to know about doing these exercises is the proper form. For pistol squats, make sure your knee does not go past your toes when lowering yourself down. If you find yourself starting to fall forward, then you need to hold onto something for balance. Deadlifts should be performed with straight legs by keeping the head up and not rounding the back.

Pistol squats and deadlifts are great exercise to improve your strength and stamina. As you start doing them, you will notice gains in overall physical fitness along with other improvements. Continue to challenge yourself by performing more reps and sets without resting. Watch yourself get stronger and see all the things you can do better as your physical abilities increase.

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Which Deadlift is Right for Your Body Type? by M Gedge –

Tune Up Your Conditioning: A Primer on ATP by C Marker –

Creatine Isn’t Going to Kill You by CJ Gotcher –

How to Prevent Fear of Heights From Throwing You Off Balance by R Handsfield –